Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast started posting their video's to YouTube about a year ago. I hadn't notice this before, not that I had been looking, and was happy to find them when I was searching for Stephen Fry videos the other day. Herring had done a podcast from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and that ran from 2011 to 2013. The Leicester Square Theatre Podcast started in 2012 and it's still going after 116 episodes. There have been 9 series of podcasts, the first two were audio only. There's a paying audience at the theatre, at over 20 bucks a seat, but you can see the podcast for free online. You used to have to pay for the video version but it's been free for a while. Herring uses Kickstarter to fund production. I plan to watch a lot of the videos when I get the time, in particular Dara O Briain, Aisling Bea, Simon Pegg, Ross Noble, David Mitchell, Jack Whitehall, Phil Jupitus, Eddie Izzard, Joe Lycett, Russell Brand and Sue Perkins. Those are just the ones I want to get to first.
The Stephen Fry episode is on YouTube. It's got some entertaining bits and some serious bits. Stephen made a bit of a splash when he revealed he tried killing himself the year before. Luckily he had been saved by his agent. Stephen suffers from depression and he's talked about the subject on some TV documentaries.
Herring isn't my favorite interviewer but he does an ok job. I don't know that I would care as much about his comedy. After all he's always going on about how he doesn't like Harry Potter. Here's a bit from his blog.
At my friend Simon's 45th birthday tonight, catching up with some pals, some of whom I haven't seen for years. As many of the people there were parents, the conversation had turned to children's books, which led to the relative merits of Philip Pulman's "His Dark Materials" and JK Rowling's Harry Potter series. I said that I had enjoyed the first Potter book and read a few of the others, but during book four I'd thought, "What the fuck am I doing? I am an adult," and given up on the overlong and underedited (almost beneltoned) series. I had, however, enjoyed Pulman's non-adult books enough to get through the whole thing and really enjoyed them (though now struggled to remember anything about what happened). My wife, a big Harry Potter fan, looked aghast and said, "I can't believe I married you."
Al Murray chipped in and said, "Join the club. Member 4789. We're printing up your membership card now." It was funny because it was true. Who knows what possessed the woman? She could have done a lot better, even if she is wrong about the relative merits of Pulman and Rowling (though history seems to have favoured the latter in terms or renown and movie success).
"Don't worry," I replied, "I was the founder member of that club." I don't know why she wants to be with me, but if someone throws a bag of diamonds in your lap and says, "That's yours now," you don't start to question what you've done to deserve it.
"Membership number zero, zero, zero, one," Al confirmed.
I can't believe she married him either. I think you're sadly missing something if you can't read a book because it's aimed at Children. Maybe because he went to Oxford and he's a twat. I'm only guessing. Still, I'll listen to his podcasts and occasionally wonder if he's somewhat mental.